Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a 15”x10” rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts and salt and cinnamon until well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, honey and vanilla until smooth.
Add olive oil mixture to oats. Mix until well incorporated and all nuts and oats are coated. Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a spatula to flip the granola in sections. Press granola down with the back of the spatula to make it more cohesive.
Return to the oven and bake until golden brown (10-12 minutes). Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem crunchy enough at this point. It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle cherries and dates evenly over the top. Use the back of the spatula to gently press the fruit down.
Allow to rest undisturbed until completely cool then crumble or break into pieces.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Hack: Granola is incredibly versatile. Feel free to use whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand. The same goes for dried fruit. Alternative sweeteners such as maple syrup or applesauce can also be used. Go crazy!
Did you know? Oats are a great way to start your day. They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health. Check out the factshere!
This basic overnight oats recipe is a do-ahead recipe that will make your mornings stress-free!! Oats are loaded with good-for-you nutrients to start your day. Switch things up by replacing the oats with homemade granola.
Hack: The basic overnight oats recipe can be stored, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The overnight oats with stir-ins can be stored for up to 3 days.
Hack: Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. If the pieces are too large for your liking, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.
Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
Hack: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once solid, place in a sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed banana.
Did you know? Oats are a great way to start your day. They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health. Check out the facts here!